For Daniel And Meghan's Sake - Part Four.
For Daniel And Meghan’s Sake – Part Four.
So I did a ‘Ground Force’ style makeover without telling my Husband Paul and now he was due home at any minute, I was worried at what would happen next.
As Paul walked through the door he said, “I can see my large wooden item I brought home, why is it in Sophie’s skip?” Then he saw his wooden mantelpiece in the hall, he said, “What is THAT doing there?” I started to speak, by saying I have something to tell you.... but he quickly said, “What have you done!” “What have you done!” “What have you done!” “What have you done!” He must have said this about nine to eleven times. I said to Paul, “Come into the garden....” he again wouldn’t let me finish, he ran upstairs! Five minutes later the excited grandparents came back with Daniel and Meghan. I soon wiped the smile off their faces when I whispered what had happened. Marty the kids granddad whispered back, “How ungrateful is that!” I said, “I know.” Daniel then went upstairs, when he came back down to us, a few minutes later he said, “Daddy is asleep on the bed with his shoes on and his eyes open.” He was too young to know what the word for, in deep, total shock meant.
Nanny and Granddad left, five minutes later. But now there was a problem, a very BIG problem, I was now going to work, for that’s often what we did, for we didn’t have a baby sitter, I was fortunate enough to always work around Paul, and the rule was always the same, for we have at the top of the stairs, a metal gate so the kids couldn’t fall down the stairs! So now I had a dilemma, do I leave the kids downstairs, on their own? Or do I leave them upstairs with Paul who was in 100% shock, thus leaving our toddlers without anyone to look after them! I’d cooked dinner for them but now I assumed he would not feed them, or look after them I was in a quandary and thought, if I leave them downstairs, little Meghan may climb the stairs and fall down, so I told them I was going to leave them upstairs and they must stay in Mummy and Daddies room, I gave them some toys to keep them occupied, and hurried off to work.
For the whole twenty miles there, my mind was confused, frightened, and angry; I wanted to cry SO badly! I arrived (safely) and told the people who I was working with what had happened, without hesitation they said, “You left Daniel and Meghan there? Go home NOW, we can cope here.” I asked them, “If they were sure,” they replied, “Yes, go and drive carefully,” they said, “You shouldn’t have come to work.”
I raced home with every possible scenario racing through every fibre of my being! I put the key in the door and the sight that met me was the kids at their little red and blue tables eating their meals and Paul sitting on the sofa near them! Boy was I relieved!!
Paul, with a very sad face, asked me, “Why did you do it, I was going to do it!!!” I told him about the fly incident, and that I had to think of the children!” I asked him if he’d been outside, he said, “No.” So we all went outside in the beautiful garden. The kids loved it! They ran up and down it, Paul was silent; he looked at his long lost bonsai trees, the freshly laid turf, the neat huge garden and I could tell, we were going to be alright! He asked me why I’d come back home, I told him how I’d left the kids at home with no one to look after them and my work colleagues, were horrified and told me to hurry home!
Within a few days Paul was in the garden, telling me all the things he wanted to plant, and the herb section, the vegetable patch for the kids to do and learn, for Paul is very knowledgeable when it comes to the outdoors, nature, plants, insects, wildlife he LOVES everything to do with the outdoors, me I’m an indoor person or relaxing on a hot sunny beach or looking round the shops. Paul is also BIG on art, so it was lovely to see him in the garden, with his little table and his art work, painting! That was the icing on the cake for me! Or was it? No, it was watching Daniel and Meghan loving their garden. I’d come from work and Paul would tell me the mud pies they’d made and with the hose how Daniel had watered the garden and also little Meghan using her red watering can! Priceless!
Now the kids are teenagers, its Meghan that uses the garden the most, with her Dad’s fantastic (proper) camera, she goes out and takes amazing photos.
It gives me great satisfaction that it was all worth it!